Data is at the beating heart of most organisations but often they fail to maximize accessibility of that data for the true benefit of the whole business. This is especially true of offshore and marine organisations where locations are spread across the seas and where high growth companies are now dealing with big data issues.
One person who recognises the importance of good data management is Ian Robertson of Seajacks. Seajacks has grown rapidly in recent years and their success has brought new big data challenges. Through sourcing a personnel training and competency database built specifically for its purpose, Seajacks were able to overcome the hurdles of managing and sharing data across offshore vessels and multiple sites.
The simplicity of the user-interface makes it easy to forget the complexity of the underlying system. Why is it so complex? For larger organisations, big data is a real issue. We’ve all been waiting patiently for database cogs to churn only to find it’s produced something meaningless or worse nothing at all. With mobile devices and instant communication now something we all take for granted, and decisions expected at similar speed, we need our data to be instantly searched to produce meaningful and helpful information. The complexity of the system provides a robustness which overcomes big data issues and has been praised by offshore organisations and auditors for its speed in providing reports and its flexibility in accommodating different operating parameters and offshore band-width limitations.
Ian Robertson of Seajacks commented ‘The Acclaimed has provided a custom-built, cost-effective solution, suitable for utilisation in our head office, on remote sites and offshore on our vessels. The new system has never let us down and has passed audits from clients and certification authorities successfully and effortlessly. We’re also pleased with the graphical interface. There are many benefits of the new system, such as its simplicity to use, its robustness and reliability – but essentially it solves a problem where there are no obvious market alternatives.’
Seajacks own and operate four of the world's most advanced and capable harsh environment self-propelled jack-up vessels – the Kraken, the Leviathan, the Hydra and the Zaratan - with a fifth, the Scylla due to join the fleet in 2015.